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15-hour mega jam in UK as France ups border checks

Dover - British holidaymakers spent hours sweating in their cars as 15-hour queues snaked back from the port of Dover on Sunday due to heightened entry checks by French border police.

15 injured in Welsh bus accident in France

Strasbourg - Fifteen people were injured, two of them seriously, when a bus carrying teenagers from Wales rolled over on a motorway in eastern France on Saturday, the local gendarmerie said.

Preparing for Brexit: UK faces monumental task

London - While British politicians have spent the month since the EU referendum in a whirl of resignations, recriminations and political backstabbings, civil servants have been quietly beginning the mammoth task of implementing Brexit.

UN backs plan to rid Libya of chemical weapons

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday endorsed plans to rid Libya of its chemical weapons and prevent them from falling into the hands of extremists like the Islamic State group.

Russian warplanes 'targeted U.S., British outpost in Syria'

Washington - Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

French, British, U.S. soldiers 'monitoring' Libya: Commander

Benghazi - French, British and American soldiers are in Libya to "monitor" Islamic State group jihadists, a military commander in the east of the country told AFP on Thursday.

Hollande tells UK no single market without free movement

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday told Britain it would have to choose between access to the single market and the free movement of people when it begins its negotiations on leaving the European Union.

US seeking new UN leader with 'great leadership skills'

New York - The United States will back a candidate to be the next UN chief who has great leadership and management skills, Ambassador Samantha Power said Thursday as the Security Council kicked off voting for the next secretary-general.

Corbyn launches bid to remain UK Labour Party leader

London - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launched his bid on Thursday to remain head of Britain's largest opposition party despite bitter divisions that have been deepened by the Brexit referendum.

Spain seeks 'urgent' answers from London after nuclear sub collision

Madrid - Spain said Thursday it had asked London for "urgent" explanations after a British nuclear submarine collided with a vessel off the coast of Gibraltar, forcing it to dock in the disputed territory.

Hollande urges Brexit talks 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged Britain to begin talks to leave the EU "as soon as possible" and ruled out granting access to the single market without allowing EU workers into Britain.

France, Ireland urge UK to start Brexit process 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union "as soon as possible", France and Ireland said after talks between President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin.

UN angry over European pullout of police from South Sudan

New York - Three European countries rushed to evacuate their nationals serving as UN police in South Sudan during the recent heavy fighting, without even consulting the United Nations, according to an internal UN memo obtained by AFP.

Merkel accepts Britain's decision to delay triggering Brexit

Berlin - Germany and Britain agreed Wednesday that Prime Minister Theresa May needed time to prepare for talks to leave the EU, after London took the first step towards Brexit by giving up its presidency of the European Union.

Trump makes me wince, says leading Brexit campaigner Farage

Cleveland - Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, who flew to America as a guest of the Republican National Convention, admitted Wednesday that its nominee for president, Donald Trump, makes him wince.

Owen Smith: Unknown pitching to lead UK Labour party

London - Owen Smith is barely known outside Westminster and his base in Wales, but moderates in Britain's opposition Labour party are pinning their hopes on him to unseat socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn.

May 'channelling Thatcher' in parliament debut

London - Conservative lawmakers cheered British Prime Minister Theresa May as she repeatedly mocked the opposition while dodging key questions on Brexit in a confident debut at parliamentary question time on Wednesday.

Britain relinquishes rotating EU presidency planned for 2017

London - Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role following the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Wednesday.

May takes first step to Brexit ahead of Merkel talks

London - Prime Minister Theresa May took the first step towards Brexit on Wednesday by giving up Britain's presidency of the European Council, ahead of her first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

British PM Theresa May hosts John Kerry at Downing Street

London - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday became the first senior foreign official to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May since she took office after the Brexit referendum.

British MPs back new PM and vote to update nuclear deterrent

London - New British Prime Minster Theresa May on Monday won her first parliamentary battle when MPs overwhelmingly voted to replace the ageing submarines that carry Britain's nuclear arsenal.

British PM May to visit Berlin, Paris in first foreign trip

London - Theresa May will visit Berlin on Wednesday in her first foreign visit as Britain's new prime minister, Downing Street said, for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the UK's preparations to leave the EU.

Boris Johnson says Britain not abandoning 'leading role' in Europe

Brussels - New British foreign minister and top Brexit backer Boris Johnson pledged Monday Britain would continue to play a leading role in Europe as he met his European Union peers in Brussels for the first time.

Johnson urges EU to leave doors open for Britain

Brussels - New British foreign minister and lead Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson urged the EU Monday to leave its doors open on strategic issues and promised Britain would continue to play a "leading role" in Europe.

Britain eyes new trade deals for Brexit in early 2019

London - The minister charged with securing new trade deals for Britain outside the EU said Sunday he was aiming for a Brexit date of January 1, 2019, as London made overtures towards Australia and Canada.

UK Brexiteer Boris bounds back to Brussels

London - Britain's Brexiteering new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson heads back to Brussels on Sunday, his old stomping ground as an EU correspondent, where he crafted stories that whipped up euroscepticism at home.

UK Brexit minister offers no guarantees to new EU arrivals

London - The head of Britain's new Brexit ministry on Sunday said that EU migrants arriving between now and the country's official departure from the bloc may not be guaranteed the right to remain.

Family say final farewell to murdered British MP

Batley - A private funeral was held Friday in northern England for Jo Cox, the MP whose murder halted Britain's EU referendum campaign and sparked an outpouring of sympathy from around the world.

PM May defends UK unity in Scotland visit

Edinburgh - Prime Minister Theresa May defended the UK's unity in Edinburgh Friday on her first visit as Britain's premier but said she was prepared to discuss options for Scotland's post-Brexit EU ties.

British press rakes over PM's 'brutal' Brexit reshuffle

London - Britain's newspapers on Friday said new Prime Minister Theresa May had shown steel in her ruthless axing of the cabinet's "old guard".
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